Public Protection

The City Attorney’s Public Protection Team serves as general counsel to all of San Francisco’s public safety agencies, including the Police, Fire and Probation Departments, the Department of Emergency Management, the Sheriff, Animal Care and Control, and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.

Team members advise departments on constitutional and municipal law issues, labor law, open government issues, and contracts. Attorneys draft legislation regarding public safety issues; assist with departmental policies and procedures; negotiate and approve contracts; and represent the departments in court. Team members also attend public meetings and advise the Police, Fire, and Juvenile Probation Commissions.